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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is it possible to have a mixture of IBS & Crohn's symptoms?

    I didn't know if you could have both but after a colonoscopy and camera pill my doctor said I have a mixture of the two?
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    Lyn Christian

    Nutritionist

    As a Naturopath and Nutritionist I am passionate about the promotion of health using functional foods to correct nutrient imbalances.All health conditions need to be … View Profile

    Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammation of all layers of the intestinal wall and any part of the gastrointestinal tract. IBS is a functional disorder of the colon (the last part of the digestive tract).
    Both conditions involve parts of the gastrointestinal tract so to have both conditions is not unusual. Whether one condition is a cause of the other is unknown.
    IBS is characterised by abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits. The contractions of the bowel can be spasmodic and/or harsh resulting in constipation and/or diarrhoea. Both Crohn’s and IBS are exacerbated by stress, food sensitivities, poor diet, family history and the malabsorption of nutrients. Ensure that you see a nutritionist/dietician to discuss diet and lifestyle changes.

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